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Apple's autonomous auto division was last in the news back in August, when it hired ex-Tesla engineer and former Apple employee Doug Field to return to the fold and work alongside Bob Mansfield on the self-driving vehicle project.

Apple has confirmed the layoffs to CNBC and also clarified that some employees are being moved to other projects inside the company.

Apple's secretive self-driving vehicle division, codenamed Project Titan, has undergone a major restructuring under new leadership. Code-named "Project Titan", the secret team has been operating for several years, but Apple has yet to reveal what specifically the group is working on.

So not only did 200 people lose their jobs, but other Titan employees have been moved off the project and on to other teams, meaning team Titan diminished in size well beyond the 200 dismissals.

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Apple is reducing the size of its workforce assigned to driverless vehicle technology as the company reorganizes amid weakening sales of iPhones, its biggest moneymaker.

After CNBC broke the news on Thursday, Apple was quick to confirm the shift. He was put in place to lead the autonomous programme, dubbed Project Titan. (NASDAQ: TSLA) engineering vice president and Apple veteran, Doug Field. While Apple was able to stroll into the smartphone market and make an immediate impact with the iPhone, there's no indication that it will be able to do something similar in the automotive industry.

Instead of designing and producing a complete self-driving auto, the group was to concentrate on developing underlying technologies for autonomous vehicles. Furthermore, Tim Cook himself said that machine learning and autonomous cars are incredibly important for the company's future. The company has kept a low profile, saying little about its ambitions for autonomous systems.


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